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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS: Shops & businesses circa 1930s

By Julia Campbell [nee Crombie]. b. Elie 1922

Small Shops, Elie 1930s – High Street from Station

Menzies – Bookstall at the Station

Sweet Shop

Shoe Shop – Terras

Butchers Shop – McCallum then Hughes

Greigs – Garage Shop

Graham – Bakers

Drapers – Miss Betts two sisters owned this shop

Fruit & Veg – Miss Kings

Fruit & Veg- Oddies

Grocer – Melville’s

Shoe Shop – Nan Graham’s

Brattasani – Chip Shop

Grocers – Dewars

Stationers- Mr & Miss Mackie

Bruce – Plumbers

Post Office

Bank Street

Cummings – Drapers

Harris – Barbers

Adamson – Bakers

2 x Pubs and 2 x Banks

Earlsferry

Hudsons – Dairy                                                               Lows – Grocers

Brattasani                                                                          Cummings – Grocers

Stationers                                                                          Later Boullet – Bakers

Bruce – Grocer                                                                  Thomson – China Shop

Donaldsons – Painters                                                      Hairdresser later 30’s

 

Julia Campbell (Cupar, September 2010)

Comments

  1. Gordon Bruce

    20 March 2015 at 22:57

    Dear Julia . So very interesting to read your recollections . Bruce the plumbers you refer to consisted of my Grandfather Jock Bruce and his brother Andrew later joined by my father James. I think my great aunt Davine had a grocers shop on Bank Street . Later my grandfather bought a ships lifeboat and used to run trips for visitors from the harbour . My fathers cousin George Bruce ran a garage for cars on Bank St and also worked on the bins.
    Kind Regards Gordon Bruce

  2. janr2011ss

    19 January 2016 at 13:39

    Hi

    I’ve just seen this recollection. Do you, or does anyone, know anything more about Donaldsons, the painters from Earlsferry (and Elie)? I’d love to hear about the shop, or even a photo???

    Many thanks.
    Jan

    1. Gordon Bruce

      17 January 2018 at 00:40

      Hi Jan
      Tom Donaldson was a great friend of my grandfather Jock Bruce ( Plumber from 11 Bank Street) Tom was provost at one time and my grandfather was a baillie. Tom used to call in to take my papa out for a drink much to the anger and distress of my granny Isabella who was a strong character. Tom built a house in a large walled garden at the end of Earlsferry where the two roads meet. Eventually he succumbed to dementia brought on according to my granny be excessive drinking. I recollect him as a lovely funny man with a very red face. Gordon Bruce

      1. Jan Ross

        17 January 2018 at 08:36

        How lovely to hear your comments – thank you. Yes, Tom did enjoy a wee dram or two. I only met him once with my husband, who was Tom’s nephew. I also recall his red face. I expect too, that the lead in the paint (his earlier painting jobs) may have contributed to dementia. Do you by any chance recall his father – William Given Donaldson, or his sister – Violet Donaldson? Good to hear your recollections though, so thank you.
        Jan

    2. Gordon Bruce

      17 January 2018 at 00:42

      Remember that well.Just adjacent to Adamsons the bakers. It was a holiday treat for myself to get a beard after a haircut. My father said they used to take bets in the barbers when it was illegal ! Gordon Bruce

  3. James Henry

    10 December 2016 at 20:16

    I remember being taken for haircuts along the road in Bank Street (would that have been Mr Harris?). He was an ex stage ventriloquist and there was a wee man in his strop cabinet who I swear I heard threatening to come out if we didn’t sit still and behave. Before we left he gave us (the boys) a beard and moustache with greasepaint.

  4. Gordon Bruce

    17 January 2018 at 00:44

    Remember that well.Just adjacent to Adamsons the bakers. It was a holiday treat for myself to get a beard after a haircut. My father said they used to take bets in the barbers when it was illegal ! Gordon Bruce

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